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What Every West Chester Homeowner Needs To Know About Centipedes

May 20, 2020


The world is full of pests. Not only are there different breeds of the same pests, but also the number of total pests is enough to make anyone wary. Oftentimes, when we think of pests, we consider rodents, ants, termites, and bed bugs. However, there is one pest that seldomly makes the list of concerns until you find them crawling in your home: the centipede

This pest is also commonly known as the "hundred-leggers", thanks to the many pairs of legs they have. While similar in appearance to millipedes, this insect is quite different in both habits and threat level. In most cases, humans rarely notice centipedes since they’re nocturnal, and they move incredibly fast thanks to their sprinting ability.

a centipede crawling in a garage

In case you’re wondering if you saw a centipede, they generally are a yellow to brown color with dark stripes or markings. Also, they carry long antennae on their head to further distinguish their appearance. It can be difficult to determine if you have a centipede infestation. This is largely because the only sign of an infestation is the centipedes themselves.

Safer Than You Think

You’ve likely heard that centipedes are dangerous, especially compared to millipedes. The truth is they are safer for humans than you think. In fact, they’re classified as a nuisance pest since they don’t provide any direct physical harm or direct harm to your health.
However, there are a few things to remember about centipedes. They are a carnivorous insect that preys mostly on flies and spiders. To hunt their prey down, they bite and inject a poison into the prey in question. Because of a centipedes affinity for other insects, a centipede infestation may be indicative of another pest problem. The only threat they have to humans involves improper handling of this nuisance pest.  
Improperly handling a centipede can lead to people suffering a painful bite. In some cases, a person may be allergic to the poison of a centipede, which necessitates medical attention. For this reason, it’s important to contact professionals to handle your centipede removal if you discover an infestation in your West Chester home. 

Centipede Prevention Tips

Like with most pests, the easiest way to deal with an infestation is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to prevent centipedes from invading both the outside and inside the home.

  • Reduce areas where moisture collects. Centipedes thrive on moisture whether outside or inside your home. Take the time to eliminate these spots where possible. The drier the immediate area, the less likely any centipede will want to stick around.

  • Clean up your yard. Grass clippings, leaf piles, and other yard clutter makes a great habitat for centipedes while they’re still outside the home. If they’re hanging out in the yard, it’s only a matter of time before they invade the home.

  • Maintain proper ventilation throughout your home. Rooms like basements or attics require ventilation to remain dry. Without the proper ventilation, it’s open season for centipedes to move into the house.

  • Eliminate possible entry points. This includes holes, cracks, or gaps. Centipedes can slip into smaller openings than you think. If the barriers to entry are properly sealed, then you won't have a problem.

  • Vacuum the interior of your home regularly. Should you discover a centipede in the house, it’s always possible to vacuum it up and move on with your life.

However, it’s rare that only one centipede has entered the house.
If you see a centipede, contact the professionals. The best way to remain protected is to utilize a pest control program that accounts for centipedes to maintain your protection against this and any other pests.

Control Your Centipede Problem With Moyer Pest Control

Our team boasts a long tradition of making sure our customers remain protected against a wide range of pests in West Chester and beyond. We accomplish this by providing a suite of programs that we will easily adapt based on your needs and your budget. You deserve to live in comfort and peace, and our pest control technicians refuse to settle for anything less.
Are you worried about centipedes in your home? If you have a centipede problem or think you may develop one, then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional centipede control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.

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